Upgrade NAV to Dynamics365 BC


Do I have to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Business Central?

 If you are on an existing Dynamics Navision (NAV) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system from Microsoft, you need to know that Microsoft has stopped providing fixes and patches to this system. Does this mean that you need to upgrade? Well, there are certain things to be taken into perspective before you decide. However, if your enterprise is on a growth trajectory, you should already consider upgrading Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

This does not mean that Microsoft partners will stop supporting their existing customers on Dynamics NAV. However, there is a wealth of benefits in moving to the new system of Dynamics 365 business Central which can enable enterprises to turn their challenges into opportunities. Still, wondering if you should upgrade? Contact us now. 

What are the benefits of upgrading NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Dynamics 365 Business Central is intended for small and medium enterprises. Its simplicity, adaptability, and flexibility make it a favorite amongst Microsoft partners and enterprises at large. Dynamics 365 BC is implementable on the cloud or on-premise (like Dynamics NAV). Deploying Dynamics 365 Business Central brings a lot of advantages for businesses that are ready for embracing the next wave of digitalization. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Centralized data  
  • Combines ERP and CRM tools 
  • Flexible architecture to scale on the go 
  • Seamless integrations with other Microsoft apps, and many more…

How can you upgrade?

Dynamics NAV Upgrade Process Methodology

  • Discovery and System Analysis
  • System and Solution Design
  • Environment Setup
  • Dynamics 365 system setup
  • Master Data, and Historical Migration
  • System Integration Testing
  • User Training, and Training documentation
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Final Data Migration
  • System Go-Live
  • After Go-Live Support

Microsoft Migration Tool

Microsoft provides a tool for data upgrade on more recent versions of Dynamics that will help users upgrade their existing code for the new environment. This tool enables users to scrub up custom code and align it with the modern Dynamics 365’s requirements. Please see the link above to see if your case will be able to utilize Microsoft’s migration tool.

For businesses dealing with on-premise and legacy software it will be difficult to upgrade everything quickly without leaving any valuable data behind. In some cases, it may be in the user’s best interest to implement a completely new ERP implementation project.

What does this mean for you?

Microsoft is in for an overhaul. They have discontinued support for Dynamics NAV. It will no longer release patches and fixes for its product. However, all the latest features and tools are coming to Dynamics 365 Business Central. This transition to Dynamics 365 Business Central marks the beginning of a new era of cloud ERP and CRM for small and medium enterprises. 

As of today, you cannot implement a fresh Dynamics NAV system in your enterprise. Microsoft has stopped selling it to new customers. However, if you are an existing NAV customer, you can continue using the license with support from your implementation partner in its current form. 

Make no mistake, Dynamics NAV is a great system, however, it was unable to keep pace with cloud-based ERP solutions. You can continue to use it for at least a few more years. But to stay at the cutting edge of technology we would recommend you to migrate your system to Dynamics 365 BC at the earliest. We at Azzarosol have been a partner of choice to enable enterprise migration from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Contact us today for a free demo!